The Members Church of God International (Philippines) formed the Largest gospel choir ever on Monday, setting the impressive record as part of the 35th anniversary celebration for Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path Religious Program) - Philippines' longest running religious program on television and radio.
A breath-taking 8,688 singers – who travelled from various local churches as well as countries in the Americas and Africa – took their places in the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines and totally shattered the previous record of 4,745 people that was achieved by by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Philippines) last year.
As required by the Guinness World Records guidelines, the musical ensemble performed Christian praise songs properly rehearsed and conducted under concert conditions.
The performance for the attempt was 15 minutes long and the songs that the chorale performed were "Stand Up," "Praise the Name," Halleluha, Amen" and "Enrich the Spirit". They are all the original composition of choir member and mentor Mr. Norman Caraballo Rueda.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Fortuna Melhem travelled from the UK to verify the record and was overcome with emotion during the stunning recital.
Vice-presiding minister of the Members Church of God International and television and radio host Daniel S. Razon said: "This is something that we did not intend to do - to get the Guinness Book of World Records but our hearts intended to give thanks to God and we believe that this is an additional blessing that came from the Lord tonight.”
The attempt raised more than three million Philippine Peso for people with disabilities.